20 October 2014

DLSU Launched "Child-Friendly" Facilities

La Salle COSCA
Press release from De La Salle University

De La Salle University's Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), in cooperation with the local government of Manila, recently inaugurated "child friendly" facilities for the youth-at-risk and their families living in Manila's Barangay 704, Zone 77.

Launched last March 3, the initiative is aimed at providing services and amenities that respond to the basic rights and needs of children, particularly those from DLSU's partner communities. The new facilities include an academic tutorial or lecture room, a mini-library service, a day care center and playpen for children, and computer tutorial services.

Students and staff of DLSU along with barangay officials volunteered to rebuild the second and third floors of the barangay hall and convert the space into a classroom, a computer laboratory, and a mini-library.

Several community engagement projects were launched along with the opening of the facility. The first project is the Computer Literacy Project Supporting Child Friendly Skills Education Program for children between 9 to17 years old. Thirty children from the barangay are given basic computer lessons and are taught by DLSU students from the College of Computer Science every Saturday for a month.

Another project is the i-Teach: Supporting Child Friendly Values Education Program that is conducted for children between 5 to 7 years old. Members of the DLSU University Student Government and student volunteers of the College of Education hold day care type of activities, which are designed for values formation. Also held every Saturday, the class teaches 30 kids from the barangay.

One more ongoing project is the installation and maintenance of the community based mini-library for the benefit of all children below 17 years old. The mini-library contains books relevant to the subjects being taught to the kids. The book collection was organized in partnership with the DLSU Library. To make this project sustainable, regular training is being conducted to teach the people in the barangay on how to properly take care of the books and how to systematically monitor the books being borrowed.

Representatives of DLSU and the Manila local government graced the inauguration. DLSU President and Chancellor Br. Narciso Erguiza, Jr. FSC led them along with Atty. Analyn T. Marcelo-Buan from the Manila Barangay Bureau, and Barangay 704 Zone 77 Officer in-charge Digna Pascua.